The 6 month mark is here!
I have to confess, I completely forgot to take a picture for week 24, so I am just going with the one from Halloween that is pretty darn close to the 24 week mark. Plus, my super talented husband free-handed the shirt I’m wearing, so I figured I should go ahead and show it off. Etsy has nothing on him!
As for week 25, I did a bit better. Now you can actually see that belly a poppin’!
First off, here is what is going on with Baby Baum:
- He or she is now the size of a cauliflower, measuring 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches and weighs about 1.5 to 2.5 pounds. Per our last doctor’s appointment, Baby Baum is 1 lb, 11oz. That was as of last Wednesday, so I am sure there is even more weight gained as of today
- He or she enjoying their new sense of equilibrium — he or she now knows which way is up and which is down
- The baby is growing more fat and more hair too!
And of course, here are my bi-weekly details:
Weight Gained: As of last week, I was up to a total of 14 lbs, which means I gained 5 lbs from months 5-6. I am not surprised at all – have you seen that belly!?
Workouts: I didn’t get in nearly as much cross-training the past couple of weeks. I still was able to get in runs and strength workouts, but anything else fell to the wayside.
Labor Signs: In the past 1-2 weeks, I’ve started to experience Braxton Hicks contractions. Let me tell you, it is a very strange feeling for sure! From everything I’ve read, these are super normal starting now.
Symptoms: My low back has been definitely starting to feel my belly pulling on it. We went to 2 weddings and a football game last weekend, so I would imagine that probably didn’t help matters much. It was really bugging me Monday, but was much better yesterday. I think I may have just needed a little rest.
Movement: The baby has been moving like crazy, except for when I want someone to be able to feel it. My sister was here over the weekend, and I kept hoping she would be able to feel a few kicks – nada. Of course, about 10 minutes after I dropped her at the airport, someone decided to do somersaults inside!
Food Aversions/Cravings: I’ve been eating a bit more sweets lately, which I have backed off of in the past couple of days. I can only imagine that had something to do with the 5lb weight gain last month. I don’t care about the weight, but I do care about the nutrients being put in my body. I want to make sure the baby is getting (mostly) good things to help him or her grow.
Sleep: I have been good to go in this department. I have been falling asleep really hard at night, and sleeping all the way through. I am hoping this trend continues, at least for a little bit longer.
Stretch Marks: Nope!
Miss Anything?: Sleeping on my stomach. What I wouldn’t give for a little tummy time!
Fun things from the week: Marcus and I decided on names! We have both a girl and a boy name picked out that we love, so I am thrilled for that! Oh, you guessed it – we aren’t sharing them until he or she is born. We also were able to get another picture of him or her. Seeing that wiggly baby never gets old! I am required to get monthly ultrasounds as a precaution to chart the growth. Good news – he or she is measuring a week ahead, so I’d say the growth is just fine
Belly button in or out? It is officially poking through! I wasn’t expecting that to happen for a bit, but whoa it happened early!
Wedding rings on or off? On – I am really hoping they stay that way the whole time. I really don’t want to take them off!
Happy or Moody? I am all around very happy. I can’t say I get very moody in general, and this pregnancy has been no different. I get a little bit irritable when I’m tired at night, but I think that just has to do with being worn out. As for being snappy or mean – none of that
Looking forward to: Maternity photos! I was torn over whether or not I wanted to get them, but I decided to go for it. A childhood friend of mine is an amazing photographer and is going to be in town over Thanksgiving. I am having her take some photos. She has an amazing artistic style, and I am thrilled to see how they turn out!
When did Braxton Hicks start for any other momma’s out there?